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43-38300 Mail Call MIA 10-19-44

B-17G-85-BO

 

July 18, 1944 Delivered to Cheyenne

July 27, 1944 to Kearney

August 8, 1944 to Grenier

August 10, 1944 Assigned to 391st Squadron, 34th Bomb Group, Mendlesham

 

Mission #64 September 17, 1944 43-38300 B/P 18BS Harris, R. N.

Mission #65 September 19, 1944 43-38300 B/P 4BS Runyon

Mission #66 September 22, 1944 43-38300 B/P 18BS Goss

Mission #67 September 25, 1944 43-38300 B/P 18BS Harris, R. N.

Mission #68 September 26, 1944 43-38300 B/P 18BS Harris, R. N.

 

                       October 2, 1944 43-38300 B/P

On Marshalling Chart on Hardstand #17 at 2100-2200 hours.

 

Mission #72 October 3, 1944 43-38300 B/P 18BS Harris, R. N.

Mission #73 October 5, 1944 43-38300 B/P 18BS Kiley

Mission #74 October 6, 1944 43-38300 B/P 18BS Kiley

Mission #77 October 14, 1944 43-38300 B/P 18BS Harris

Mission #78 October 15, 1944 43-38300 B/P 18BS Harris              Major damage.

Mission #80 October 19, 1944 43-38300 B/P 391BS Halbert MIA. See below.

 

B-17G 43-38300 B/P Mail Call Missing in Action flak, Mannheim. Received a direct flak hit in #2 engine and wing tank, starting a fire. Cowling a prop may have fallen off. Plane peeled out of formation to the left under the formation and appeared still under control as it entered the clouds 2000 feet below the formation. One man was seen to bail out, but chute was not seen to open before he entered the clouds. Crashed Ludwigshaven. With 391BS. Pilot: Halbert. Missing Air Crew Report # 9467. 9 Killed in Action, 1Prisoner of War.

KIA HALBERT CHARLES J (P)                        1 LT        391          O-810142                33            SAN BEMTO TX

KIA RAGLAND JACK W (CP)                         1 LT        391          O-817522                33            ROSELLE PARK NJ

KIA GRIBBROCK THOMAS H (N)                  1 LT        391          O-703733                30            ROCHESTER NY

KIA GOETSCHIUS JOHN D (B)                        2 LT        391          O-698005                29            BERGANFWLD NJ

KIA DROST ALVIN G D (TT)                           T/SGT    391          38267367                33            SULPHUR LA

KIA FREDRICKSON LAWRENCE A (R)        T/SGT    391          36210788                33            MADISON WI

KIA FLAHARTY JACK L (BT)                         S/SGT     391          32830737                27            BUFFALO NY

KIA MARKES MANUEL J JR (Photog)          S/SGT     18            39692531                18            BAKERSFWLD CA

KIA MINICK JOHN (TG)                                   S/SGT     391          33354315                32            MARION TERR PA

POW FIX LEONARD E. (WG)                           SGT        391          35097231                32            INDIANAPOLIS IN

 

NOTE: Fix has stated that there were eleven people on board that day. Fix states that Markes was a cameraman on this mission.

 

FLAHARTY JACK L is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, B-28-13.

GRIBBROCK THOMAS H is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, C-8-20. (Awarded DFC AM/3OLC)

MARKES MANUEL J JR is buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, K-31-14.